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Maker(s):Pratt & Co., F. & R.
Culture:English (1818-1920)
Title:jar for bear's grease
Date Made:1855-1865
Type:Food Service
Materials:ceramic: lead glazed, refined white earthenware (whiteware), overglaze poychrome enamels
Place Made:United Kingdom; Great Britain: England; Great Britain: Staffordshire; Fenton
Measurements:overall: 1 1/2 x 2 3/4 in.; 3.81 x 6.985 cm
Accession Number:  HD 1999.25.8
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. Harold G. Duckworth
Museum Collection:  Historic Deerfield

English whiteware round jar with lid decorated with a transfer printed image of bears at school; this box may have contained bear grease or pomade. A bear teacher scolds a a student while two other cubs hide behind their lessons; Lids of earthenware pots, made in the mid nineteenth century to hold foodstuffs and toiletries, were the ideal vehicles for multicolored prints, which displayed either advertising notices or colorful pictures to attract and amuse customers. The firm of F & R. Pratt of Fenton, Staffordshire, pioneered this technique. To produce a multicolored transfer print, the engraver first had to separate a given picture into individual colors. Copper plates were engraved to represent the areas to be printed in each color. A registration dot placed in exactly the same position on the sides of each plate assisted with alignment. The yellow oil was transferred first, then the blue, then the red, occasionally followed by green, and finally followed by black. Each time the registration dots were placed directly on top of the preceding print, and the final black print often had a decorative border that camouflaged the underlying dots to make a neat finish. Many of these bear's grease lids and some pots survive.


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